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University of Iowa 

107 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242 • Admissions: 319-335-3847 • Fax: 319-333-1535 



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STUDENTS 




Total undergrad enrollment 


21,320 


% male/female 


48/52 


% from out of state 


39 


% frosh from public high school 


90 


% frosh live on campus 


92 


% ugrads live on campus 


29 


# of fraternities 


23 


# of sororities 


21 


% African American 


3 


% Asian 


3 


% Caucasian 


74 


% Hispanic 


5 


% Native American 





% international 


9 


# of countries represented 


104 



SURVEY SAYS . . . 

Great off-campus food 
Athletic facilities are great 
Lots of beer drinking 
Hard liquor is popular 
Everyone loves the Hawks 

ACADEMICS 

Academic Rating 69 

% students returning for sophomore year 86 
% students graduating within 4 years 47 
% students graduating within 6 years 70 
Calendar Semester 
Student/faculty ratio 16:1 
Profs interesting rating 72 
Profs accessible rating 75 
Most classes have 10-19 students. 
Most lab/discussion sessions have 
20-29 students. 

MOST POPULAR MAJORS 

business/commerce: engineering: 
pre-medicine 



STUDENTS SAY". . ." 
Academics 

University of Iowa manages to pull off an amazing feat: It's a "Big Ten univer- 
sity full of exciting opportunities," yet it's still able to maintain "a small-college 
feel." Moreover, as the state's flagship school, Iowa provides a "great educa- 
tion" at a "reasonable price." Additionally, students here welcome the fact that 
"requirements are minimal." In turn, this truly encourages undergrads to 
"make [their] education [their] own." While there are certainly a "[wide] range 
of degree programs" from which to choose, students here are especially 
impressed with Iowa's journalism, premed, writing, nursing, and engineering 
departments. Though professors certainly run the gamut from "amazing" to 
"boring," the majority of them are "very engaged with students and are always 
helpful to any student looking to push their learning beyond the classroom." 
A fellow student concurs adding that her professors are "passionate, encourag- 
ing, and invested in the success of their students both inside and outside of 
academia." Undergrads at Iowa also appreciate that their teachers really "do a 
nice job of balancing lectures with real-world applications of the material." 
Finally, as this pleased undergrad summarizes her school, "The University of 
Iowa is a platform to launch yourself to the top of your field at an affordable 
price." 

Life 

If there's one thing that undergrads tend to agree on, it's that "life is pretty fun 
at the University of Iowa." To begin with, sports culture is definitely big here. 
As one student relays, "During football season, Saturdays get crazy. There is 
just a sea of black and gold swarming toward the stadium. Nothing can really 
compare to 70,000 Hawkeye fans in one place." Additionally, students love the 
new rec center, which frequently runs trips "to go rock-climbing, camping, 
hiking, or kayaking." Of course, the university also sponsors a number of other 
events outside of athletics. For example, "There are always concerts and come- 
dians on campus, [and] many [of these shows] are even free to students. There 
are also free movies shown at the Iowa Memorial Union." Students also stress 
that the university has a lively drinking scene. Indeed, "There is always a party 
going on here at Iowa." Lastly, undergrads also love hometown Iowa City, 
which offers a "vibrant downtown" that's "literally across the street from cam- 
pus." Students happily take advantage of the city's "unique places to eat, shop, 
or go out." As this undergrad poetically concludes, "When a man is tired of 
Iowa City, he is tired of life." 

Student Body 

With such a large student body, undergrads here all posit that there is no 
"typical" student. One pleased undergrad elaborates, "Everyone is unique and 
has a different story, but that's one thing that makes life here so great. You have 
the ability to meet people from around the country and around the world, and 
we all get to share the experience of college together." Indeed, students feel 
very fortunate to be surrounded by such diversity. "We have a strong LGBTQA 
presence on campus, [along with] different religious places near campus. [In 
addition,] there are many different organizations for minorities, religions, and 
everything else here on campus. I couldn't imagine someone coming here and 
not being able to find a student organization that is for them." Of course, if 
pressed to generalize, students will describe their fellow Hawkeyes as 
"friendly, hardworking, and studious" but also "laid-back" and "very social." 
However, what ultimately unites this student body is the fact that most under- 
grads have "their season football tickets by June." 



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University of Iowa 



Financial Aid: 319-335-1450 • E-mail: admissions@uiowa.edu • Website: www.uiowa.edu 



THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAYS 
Admissions 

Very important factors considered include: Class rank, GPA, rigor of secondary 
school record, standardized test scores. Other factors considered include: 
Recommendation(s), character /personal qualities, state residency, talent /abil- 
ity. SAT or ACT required; ACT with Writing component recommended. TOEFL 
required of all international applicants. High school diploma is required and 
GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English; 3 mathematics; 3 science; 2 
foreign language; 3 social studies. Academic units recommended: 4 mathematics; 
4 foreign language. 

Financial Aid 

Students should submit: FAFSA, institution's own financial aid form. The 
Princeton Review suggests that all financial aid forms be submitted as soon as 
possible after January 1. Need-based scholarships/ grants offered: Federal Pell, 
SEOG, state scholarships /grants, private scholarships, the school's own gift 
aid. Loan aid offered: Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans, Direct Unsubsidized 
Stafford Loans, Direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Nursing 
Loans, college /university loans from institutional funds. Federal Work-Study 
Program available. Institutional employment available. Off-campus job oppor- 
tunities are good. 

The Inside Word 

Like many large public universities, admissions officers at the University of 
Iowa rely heavily on quantitative factors when determining an applicant's 
status. Therefore, GPA and standardized test scores will likely hold the most 
weight. It should also be noted that the majority of applicants are admitted to 
the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or the College of Engineering. Students 
interested in other programs (say within the College of Business or Nursing) 
often apply after they have enrolled in the university. 

THE SCHOOL SAYS ". . ." 
From the Admissions Office 

"The University of Iowa has outstanding programs in the creative arts, notably 
the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the world-renowned International Writing 
Program. It also has strong programs in business, communication studies, 
journalism, English, engineering, political science, and psychology, and was 
the birthplace of the discipline of speech pathology and audiology. It offers 
excellent programs in the basic health sciences and health care programs, led 
by the top ranked College of Medicine and the closely associated University 
Hospitals and Clinics. 

"The University of Iowa will accept either the SAT or the ACT. The ACT 
writing test is not required but we recommend you take it." 



SELECTIVITY 

Admissions Rating 77 

# of applicants 19,430 

% of applicants accepted 78 

% of acceptees attending 29 

FRESHMAN PROFILE 

Range SAT Critical Reading 470-630 

Range SAT Math 550-690 

Range SAT Writing 490-61 

Range ACT Composite 22-28 

Minimum paper TOEFL 530 

Minimum web-based TOEFL 80 

Average HS GPA 3.6 

% graduated top 1 0% of class 24 

% graduated top 25% of class 55 

% graduated top 50% of class 91 

DEADLINES 

Priority 

Deadline 4/1 

Nonfall registration? Yes 

APPLICANTS ALSO LOOK AT 
AND OFTEN PREFER 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; 

AND SOMETIMES PREFER 

Indiana University — Bloomington; Iowa State 
University; Univeristy of Northern Iowa 



FINANCIAL FACTS 




Financial Aid Rating 


74 


Annual in-state tuition 


$6,678 


Annual out-of-state tuition 


$24,900 


Room and board 


$9,420 


Required fees 


$1,483 


Books and supplies 


$1,040 


% needy frosh rec. need-based 




scholarship or grant aid 


65 


% needy UG rec. need-based 




scholarship or grant aid 


64 


% needy frosh rec. non-need-based 




scholarship or grant aid 


61 


% needy UG rec. non-need-based 




scholarship or grant aid 


41 


% needy frosh rec. need-based 




self-help aid 


78 


% needy UG rec. need-based self-help aid 83 


% frosh rec. any financial aid 


79 


% UG rec. any financial aid 


72 


% UG borrow to pay for school 


55 


Average cumulative indebtedness 


$26,296 


% frosh need fully met 


29 


% ugrads need fully met 


28 


Average % of frosh need met 


63 


Average % of ugrad need met 


63 



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